NEW YORK -- Maybe the Yankee Stadium lights will dim for Brandon Moss on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, they were, as Moss said, "second to none; you see the ball great.'' Moss saw the ball well enough to hit a pair of home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 10th inning that carried Oakland to a 5-2 win over the Yankees.
"It's really fun to play here because you see the ball so good,'' Moss said. "It's a great atmosphere. It's a gorgeous stadium. It's one of those places that is kind of special to come here.''
The A's weren't having much fun until the fifth inning, when Moss' first home run tied the score at 1-all. Then in the eighth, pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt came off the bench with an RBI double against the Yankees' most trusted reliever, Dellin Betances, to tie it again, and the A's were rolling.
"It seemed like it was just a matter of time,'' Moss said. "Betances is a really good reliever. He throws hard, but he has an unbelievable curve ball. You saw it tonight. I felt like when (Alberto) Callaspo got on and Vogt hit that double, that pretty much did it for us.
"Because if you can get to that guy and get him out of the game, they have (David) Robertson, who's a dominant reliever, but you're probably only going to see him one inning. The other guys coming out of the bullpen, they're good, but they're not those two guys.''
Robertson, as it happened, pitched the ninth. When the Yankees didn't score against Dan Otero in the bottom of the ninth, Robertson was done and Adam Warren came in to start the 10th. And, as Moss said, the game was Oakland's.
Moss worked the count to 3-2, then hit a laser about which starter Scott Kazmir said, "I don't think you can hit a ball any further.'' The ball wound up halfway up the second deck of the bleachers in right field, and the A's were almost home. Jed Lowrie and Kyle Blanks added RBI hits off Warren.
Sean Doolittle closed it out quietly in the bottom of the 10th as Oakland improved to an American League-best 36-22 while extending its lead over the second-place Angels in the A.L. West to a high point of 51/2 games. The A's fourth straight win kicked off a nine-game trip.
Out for games Saturday and Sunday in Oakland because of a calf strain, Moss was the designated hitter Tuesday because manager Bob Melvin wanted to see how Moss would handle running to first. Melvin never got a clear answer. Moss said that while his leg wasn't tested, "it feels pretty good.''
And while the fifth-inning homer that tied the game and the 10th-inning homer that won the game will be remembered as Moss' sixth career multiple-homer game, it was Moss' second-inning fly ball to the warning track in center that opened eyes in the A's dugout suggesting Moss wasn't going to be bothered by his calf problem.
"He's amazing,'' Vogt said. "He takes a few days off and then does that. And the first one he hit, I thought he hit that one well enough to get out of here.
"For him to come in off three days of not swinging and for him to clutch up like that and hit two big homers for us, that was huge.''
Moss now has 15 homers at 48 RBIs, in both cases tied with Josh Donaldson for the team lead. Donaldson went 0 for 5, ending his streak of reaching base as a third baseman at 47.
The question now is whether Moss will be in the field for Wednesday's game. Chances are he won't be, not because his calf couldn't stand the strain, but because the Yankees have a left-handed starter, Vidal Nuno, throwing, meaning Melvin is likely to go with Blanks at first base, leaving Moss free to D.H. one more night.
A's (Jesse Chavez 4-3)
at N.Y. Yankees (Vidal Nuno 1-2), 4:05 p.m. ESPN2